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States to try new ways of executing prisoners. Their latest idea? Opioids.

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The synthetic painkiller fentanyl has been the driving force behind the nation’s opioid epidemic, killing tens of thousands of Americans last year in overdoses. Now two states want to use the drug’s powerful properties for a new purpose: to execute prisoners on death row.
As Nevada and Nebraska push for the country’s first fentanyl-assisted executions, doctors and death penalty opponents are fighting those plans. They have warned that such an untested use of fentanyl could lead to painful, botched executions, comparing the use of it and other new drugs proposed for lethal injection to human experimentation.
States are increasingly pressed for ways to carry out the death penalty because of problems obtaining the drugs they long have used, primarily because pharmaceutical companies are refusing to supply their drugs for executions.
The situation has led states such as Florida, Ohio and Oklahoma to turn to novel drug combinations for executions. Mississippi legalized nitrogen gas this s…

Iran: Former police officer executed in Mashhad; 52 youths awaiting execution in Tehran Prison

At least 52 youths under the age of 32 are awaiting the implementation of their execution sentences in Greater Tehran Prison (Fashafouyeh Prison), according to reports from the prison.

Among these death-row inmates, 32 are imprisoned in Section 1 and another 20 are incarcerated in Section 2 of the prison.

According to informed sources, over 100 death-row prisoners in Unit 2 of Ghezel-Hesar Prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran, who engaged in a series of strikes and rioting have been transferred to Fashafouyeh Prison.

Source: Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, August 2, 2016

A Former Police Officer Executed in Mashhad


Reza Sabzevari, 32, former policeman from Neyshabur was executed in Mashhad prison on July 27. His family was informed to attend the last meeting in Mashhad prison 1 day before. Mr. Sabzevari was married and had 2 children, 10 and 2 1/2.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Reza Sabzevari, 32, former policeman from Neyshabur was executed in Mashhad prison.

Mr. Sabzevari was an officer of Department of Fighting Drugs and has been imprisoned since 1 year and a half ago.

There is no information about his charges.

According to informed sources his family has been told in a phone call to go to Mashhad Prison to visit Mr. Sabzevari for the last time.

Source: HRANA News Agency, August 2, 2016

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